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Henry Davey (1838-) of Exeter
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

Henry Davey was born at Tiverton, Devon in 1838, son of a carpenter/builder James Davey (1816-1903) and his wife Jane née Hill (c1809-1885). The family moved to St Thomas, Exeter in the late 1840s. Henry appears to never have married, and lived until at least 1917.

James DAVEY b. c.1816 Watchet SOM d. 1903 Exeter DEV m: 13 Feb 1837 Tiverton SOM Jane HILL b. c.1809 Spreyton DEV (dau of Samuel & Betty HILL) d. 1885 Exeter DEV
|- Elizabeth DAVEY b. 1837
|- Henry DAVEY b. 1838 Tiverton DEV
|- James Walter DAVEY b. 1842 Tiverton DEV m: 1869 Axbridge DEV Mary DAWTON b. c.1848 Newton Abbott DEV
   |- Clermont W. DAVEY b. c.1869 Exeter DEV
|- Fanny DAVEY b. 1844 Tiverton DEV m: William George SMITH b. 1846 Creech St Michael SOM
   |- Edith Fanny SMITH b. c.1868 Exeter DEV
|- Samuel DAVEY b. 1846 Cullompton DEV
|- Edwin DAVEY b. 1849 St Thomas Exeter DEV m: Mary E. b. c.1847 Shoreditch MID
   |- Herbert DAVEY b. c.1871 Islington MID
   |- Ernest DAVEY b. c.1873 Islington MID
   |- Sydney DAVEY b. c.1874 Islington MID
   |- Clarence DAVEY b. c.1876 Islington MID
   |- Alice DAVEY b. c.1877 Islington MID
   |- Louise DAVEY b. c.1879 Islington MID
|- Emma DAVEY b. 1850 St Thomas Exeter DEV
|- John DAVEY b. 1852 St Thomas Exeter DEV m: Lena b. c.1851 Tavistock DEV
   |- Mabel Ellen DAVEY b. c.1879 East Stonehouse DEV
   |- Ethel Mary DAVEY b. c.1883 East Stonehouse DEV
   |- Henry George DAVEY b. c.1885 East Stonehouse DEV
   |- Alice Maud DAVEY b. c.1886 East Stonehouse DEV
   |- Florence Edith DAVEY b. c.1889 East Stonehouse DEV
   |- Sidney G. DAVEY b. c.1892 East Sstonehouse DEV
Henry Davey probably started working as a photographer in the early 1860s. By the late 1860s he had premises at 135a Fore Street Hill, Exeter - Scott (1985) shows an earliest date for him at this address as 1870 - and in April 1871 he was living at the studio. An assistant Elizabeth Isaacs (c1816-1877), a widow, was also living there. His younger brother John Davey (1852-), living with his parents at 4 North Street (Iron Bridge), St David Exeter, was shown as a photographer in the census of that year, and was possibly assisting Henry. In about 1877 Henry opened new premises at the family home at 4 North/Iron Bridge, which he initially called the Albert Studio, located two doors from the Crown & Sceptre Hotel.

In 1879, Henry had moved to 4 Iron Bridge, and the Fore Street Hill premises appears to have been closed at this time. The studio continued to operate at Iron Bridge until at least 1914. His sister Emma Davey (1850-) and nephew Ernest Davey (c1873-) were both assisting in the shop in April 1891 and 1901, while a niece Mabel Davey (c1879-) was working there in 1901. For a brief period from 1893 to 1895, Henry Davey also operated a cycle agency next door to the studio, at number 3 Iron Bridge.


If you have any further information about Henry Brice and his studio, or if you have any photographs by him, please email me. I welcome contributions of images to increase the variety of coverage on this site. If you are able to identify or have an interest in any of the subjects in the photos shown below, I would also be very keen on hearing from you.
CARD TYPES
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Type I
Used c. early to mid-1860s
ornate initials, ivy,
four fonts & extra text
violet on buff card
Type II
Used c. mid- to late 1860s
angular scroll, ivy, coat of arms,
one font & extra text
black on white card
by Smith Exeter
Type III
Used c. late 1860s to early 1870s
ornate monogram & initials,
scroll, ivy & extra text
red on buff card
Type IV
Used c. early to mid-1870s
artist's palette, ivy & 6 fonts
red on pink card
by Oborne, London & Paris

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne
Type Va
Used c. mid- to late 1870s
diagonal name, ornate initials,
5 fonts & extra text; 2 studios
red on orange card
Type Vb
Used c. late 1870s
diagonal name, ornate initials,
5 fonts & extra text; 2 studios
red on buff card
Type Vc
Used c. late 1870s to early 1880s
diagonal name, ornate initials,
5 fonts & extra text; one studio
brown on pale yellow card
Type Vd
Used c. early to mid-1880s
diagonal name, ornate initials,
5 fonts & extra text; one studio
brown on white card
by Oborne, London & Paris

PORTFOLIO Contribute a Photo
Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey03
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, of 135A Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type I (violet) - ornate initials, ivy, four fonts and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1862-1867
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. No writing on front.
Subject: Two unidentified young women, probably in their 20s or early 30s, full length standing/seated portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey06
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, of 135A Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type I (violet) - ornate initials, ivy, four fonts and extra text.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1862-1867
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. No writing on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his early 20s, head-and-shoulders vignetted portrait.

Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey08
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, of 135A Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type II (black on white) - angular scroll, ivy, coat of arms, one font and extra text; single line frame around photo.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1865-1869
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Marked "Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s or early 30s, three-quarter length seated portrait with book. Possibly the same woman as the one seated in #hdavey03 above.

Image © & Courtesy of Roger Vaughan Image © & Courtesy of Roger Vaughan ID #: hdavey01
Source: Collection of Roger Vaughan
Artist: H. Davey, of 135A Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. -
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type III (red) - ornate monogram & initials, scroll, ivy and extra text; single line frame around photo.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1868-1873
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. Marked "H. Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified young man, probably in his late teens, full length standing portrait with chair.

Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey09
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, of The Albert Studio of Photography, North Street & 135 Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. 17940
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type IV (red on pink) - artist's palette, ivy & six fonts with extra text; by Oborne, London & Paris.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1872-1876
Notes: Thin card. Square corners. No writing on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s, three-quarter length seated portrait with table & posy basket.

Image © & Collection of Brett Payne Image © & Collection of Brett Payne ID #: hdavey02
Source: Exeter Album, Collection of Brett Payne
Artist: H. Davey, Albert Studio, North Street & at 135 Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. 23815
Size: Carte de visite (Mount 63.5 x 105 mm; Photo 58 x 94.5 mm)
Card Type: Type Va (red on orange) - diagonal name, ornate initials, 5 fonts, and extra text; two studios; thick red border on front of photo.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1874-1878
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Marked "H. Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified elderly woman, probably in her 70s or 80s, three-quarter length seated portrait, with book and posy basket.

Image © & Collection of Leonie Cousin Image © & Collection of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey05
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, Albert Studio, North Street & at 135 Fore Street Hill, Exeter
Negative No. 25477
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type Vb (red on buff) - diagonal name, ornate initials, 5 fonts, and extra text; two studios; thick red border on front of photo.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1875-1878
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Marked "H. Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length standing portrait, with "leaning chair".

Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Couurtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey04
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, Albert Studio, North Street, Exeter
Negative No. 29202
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type Vc (brown on buff) - diagonal name, ornate initials, 5 fonts, and extra text; one studio.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1876-1879
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Marked "H. Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified young woman, probably in her 20s or early 30s, full length standing portrait, with dresser and posy basket.

Image © & Courtesy of Leonie Cousin Image © & Couurtesy of Leonie Cousin ID #: hdavey07
Source: Collection of Leonie Cousin
Artist: H. Davey, Albert Studio, North Street, Exeter
Negative No. 35062
Size: Carte de visite
Card Type: Type Vd (brown on white) - diagonal name, ornate initials, 5 fonts, and extra text; one studio; card stock by Oborne, London & Paris.
Date: Undated, probably taken c.1880-1885
Notes: Thick card. Rounded corners. Marked "H. Davey / Exeter" on front.
Subject: Unidentified teenaged girl, three-quarter length standing portrait, with dresser and posy basket.

REFERENCES

Historical Directories from the University of Leicester
Indexed 1841- 1901 Census Images from Ancestry.com
1881 Census Transcript & International Genealogical Index (IGI) from the LDS Church's web site FamilySearch
Partial Transcript of the GRO Index from FreeBMD
Photographers in Devon 1842-1939 : a brief directory for photograph collectors, by C.G. Scott, 1985, The PhotoHistorian Supplement No. 101, ISSN 0957-0209

Trade Directory entries

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon (1878-79)
- Davey Henry, 4 Iron bridge, and 135A Fore street, Exeter

Kelly's Directory of Devon (1889)
- Davey Henry, 4 Ironbridge, Exeter

Kelly's Directory of Devon & Cornwall (1893)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 3 & 4 Ironbridge, Exeter

Besley's Post Office Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1894-95)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's Exeter (also cycle agent at 3 Iron Bridge)

Post Office Directory of Exeter (1895-96)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter (also cycle agent at 3 Iron Bridge)

Kelly's Directory of Devon & Cornwall (1902)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, Exeter

Besley's Exeter Directory & Business Guide (1906-11)
- (1906) Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter
- (1909) Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter
- (1910) Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter
- (1912) Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter

Besleys' Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1913)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter

Besleys' Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1914)
- Davey Henry, photographer, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter

Besleys' Directory of Exeter & Suburbs (1915)
- Davey Henry, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter

Besley's Directory of Exeter and Suburbs (1916-19)
- (1916) Davey Henry, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter
- (1917) Davey Henry, 4 Iron Bridge, St David's, Exeter


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Leonie Cousin and Roger Vaughan for kind contributions of images and information.


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